This handbook is intended for members of the Performing Arts Council. It should provide all resources including personnel, policies, and equipment necessary to produce a show at Penn. Sub-Committee Chairs, Platt House, and PAC Shop staff are resources, as well. If you need further clarification, contact us. For a list of production-related contacts, please refer to the Handbook Contacts.
Being a Part of PAC
The PAC Constitution is for members of the Performing Arts Council. It should provide any information regarding how the Performing Arts Council functions. For more information on what the responsibilities of PAC groups entail, please reference PAC Membership.
PAC Performance Spaces
Hall of Flags: 3417 Spruce St.
Houston Hall Class of '49 Auditorium: 3417 Spruce St.
Bodek Lounge: 3417 Spruce St.
Iron Gate Theater: 37th and Chestnut
Irvine Auditorium: 34th and Spruce
3260 South St.
Widener Lecture Room
You can find more information about rehearsal space and performance venues under Space & Venue.
Please make sure your group fills out the appropriate forms by their deadlines. You can find the forms here. For more information on the forms, please contact your subcommittee chair.
The show production process can be really hard to navigate, especially for someone new to it. Find useful information about what you should do before you even start the production process under Pre-Production. The Production page has an immense amount of information and helps walk you through your production process. After you've put together a successful show, make sure to check out the Post-Production page on how to wrap up the show process.
Further, you can find information on the technical aspects of your show under Tech-ing Your Shows. Advice on what to do when you first get to your performance space at the beginning of tech week and before you leave your performance space at the end of tech week can be found under Performance Space Best Practices. The TAC-e Handbook, written by members of the TAC-e community, also has a lot of useful information on all aspects of producting and staging a theatre production. It contains relevant and helpful information for producers of any type of performing arts show, especially ones at Penn.
Running Your Organization
You can also find information on how to effectively run your organization in the handbook. Presently, there are sections on Financial Policies for all PAC groups regardless of SAC recognition, suggested Website Content, and good practices when Transitioning Leadership Boards.